We have just moved the fire danger hazard to “extreme”. With three days of extreme fire hazard conditions comes the restrictions on high-risk activities. We are anticipating that at noon on Tues, July 13 the following activities will be restricted or banned.
- mechanical brushing;
- disk trenching;
- preparation or use of explosives;
- using fire- or spark-producing tools, including cutting tools;
- using or preparing fireworks or pyrotechnics;
- grinding, including rail grinding;
- mechanical land clearing;
- clearing and maintaining rights of way, including grass mowing;
- any of the following activities carried out in a cutblock excluding a road, landing, roadside work area or log sort area in the cutblock:
- operating a power saw;
- mechanical tree felling, woody debris piling or tree processing, including de-limbing;
- portable wood chipping, milling, processing or manufacturing;
- skidding logs or log forwarding unless it is improbable that the skidding or forwarding will result in the equipment contacting rock;
- yarding logs using cable systems;
Between now and July 13 when the ban comes into effect, a person must cease the activity between 1PM and sunset each day and maintain a fire watcher after work for a minimum of 2 hours.